Brandon Knight leans back against his chair in a corner of the Suns’ locker room. A square white bandage hides the scar on his surgically repaired left knee.

A few minutes earlier, he had been shooting jumpers on the floor at the FedExForum in Memphis. Now, as a reporter approaches him, Knight smiles and extends his hand.

You remember Brandon Knight.

He’s the 6-foot-3 point guard whom the Suns signed to a five-year, $70 million contract in July 2015. He’s the Kentucky product who fell out of favor last season and the player clogging cap space thanks to $30.2 million owed him over the last two years of the deal.

Knight understands. In the eyes of most Suns fans, he’s a symbol of everything that’s gone wrong with this franchise. He also knows that the only way he’ll change anyone’s mind is to come back next season and play like he did in 2015-16, his first season in Phoenix, when he averaged 19.6 points, 5.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.

For now, however, all he can do is rehabilitate his knee after offseason surgery repaired a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He won’t play the rest of this season but he’s finally traveling with the team, hanging out in the locker room, feeling like he’s a part of something again.

“With a couple of years left in my deal, hopefully I can get healthy and show what I can do,” Knight said.